We just spent a couple of days in the highlands of the Sierra Norte mountains of Oaxaca Valley. Perched high in the mountaintops are 8 small remote villages that offer a glimpse of Mexican village life. Very rustic, very simple, but with a mystical element, some of these communities also are home to Zapotec indians. We chose to stay in Cuajimoloyas, which is one of the highest elevated villages and offers amazing hiking, camping and just all around spectacular views. We spent more of our time hiking and exploring nature than we did in the village. We certainly felt quite a substantial slower pace than being in the city of Oaxaca. Good to get out of the bustling city of Oaxaca and get our nature fix!
Our little cabin in the woods came equipped with a fireplace thankfully as it was chilly!!! We bundled ourselves up as much as we could but made the best of it. There was a really cool lookout tower the kids enjoyed and we spent our first day hiking through the woods surrounding our cabin.
The next day we spent the morning horseback riding with some stops to take in the views and learn more of the history of the area. Our guides were warm and kind, so patient with the kids (and horses). We learned about native plants, animals that live in the area; apparently this area is known for its mushrooms, They harvest in the Summer so not much mushroom tasting happened this time!